Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 257th day of the year. There are 109 days left in 2016.

Utahns want presidential candidates to disclose medical information. Utah Democrats foul up an attempt to replace an ailing candidate on the ballot. Hillary Clinton says she didn’t think her pneumonia diagnosis was “that big a deal.”

The clock:

  • 56 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 132 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 177 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday: 

  1. Most Utahns want presidential candidates to release detailed medical information [Utah Policy].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert is leading a trade mission to Canada, something that would be unheard of during election season if he weren’t so far ahead of his Democratic opponent [Utah Policy].
  3. Utah Democrats try to replace an ailing candidate on the ballot, but can’t because it’s past the deadline [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  4. Hillary Clinton is desperately doing damage control on her previously unknown pneumonia diagnosis, saying she didn’t make it public because she thought it wasn’t “going to be that big a deal” [Politico]. In fact, Clinton kept the pneumonia diagnosis a secret from most of her team [BBC]. Bill Clinton says Hillary has occasionally suffered from the same sort of malady because she works “like a demon” [NBC News].
  5. A former leader of the Democratic National Committee says the party should immediately come up with a contingency plan should health problems force Hillary Clinton out of the presidential race [Politico].
  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has issued a subpoena for the FBI’s complete case file in the investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server [Politico].
  7. Evan McMullin‘s campaign is circulating a memo to prominent anti-Trump Republicans laying out his path to victory [Politico].
  8. Utah Hispanic activist Tony Yapias has been arrested and charged with rape [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. A group opposed to a rapid transit project in Provo and Orem says the Utah Transit Authority is stonewalling an open-records request [Tribune].
  10. The NCAA is moving seven championship events out of North Carolina due to that state’s controversial transgender bathroom legislation [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 – The Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election and declared New York City the temporary national capital.
  • 1814 – During a British attack on Fort McHenry, Md., Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
  • 1948 – Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
  • 1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands at the White House after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian authority.